Are You Ready? Towards the Engineering of Forensic-Ready Systems

Grispos, George; Garcıa-Galan, Jesus; Pasquale, Liliana and Nuseibeh, Bashar (2017). Are You Ready? Towards the Engineering of Forensic-Ready Systems. In: 11th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS), 10-12 May 2017, Brighton.



As security incidents continue to impact organisations, there is a growing demand for systems to be ‘forensic-ready’ – to maximise the potential use of evidence whilst minimising the costs of an investigation. Researchers have supported organisational forensic readiness efforts by proposing the use of policies and processes, aligning systems with forensics objectives and training employees. However, recent work has also proposed an alternative strategy for implementing forensic readiness called forensic-by-design. This is an approach that involves integrating requirements for forensics into relevant phases of the systems development lifecycle with the aim of engineering forensic-ready systems. While this alternative forensic readiness strategy has been discussed in the literature, no previous research has examined the extent to which organisations actually use this approach for implementing forensic readiness. Hence, we investigate the extent to which organisations consider requirements for forensics during systems development. We first assessed existing research to identify the various perspectives of implementing forensic readiness, and then undertook an online survey to investigate the consideration of requirements for forensics during systems development lifecycles. Our findings provide an initial assessment of the extent to which requirements for forensics are considered within organisations. We then use our findings, coupled with the literature, to identify a number of research challenges regarding the engineering of forensic-ready systems.

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